Vermont Gov. Phil Scott backs Weld in GOP primary

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Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott, speaking on Thursday Feb. 6, 2020 at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., said he thought President Donald Trump abused his power and he doesn’t think the president should be in office. Scott also praised Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the only Republican to break ranks with his party and vote to convict Trump. Scott has been a frequent critic of the president. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is throwing his support behind former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

The endorsement comes about two weeks before Vermont and other states participate in the “Super Tuesday” primaries on March 3.

Scott, who has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, in September became the first Republican governor to support an impeachment inquiry against the president. After the Senate acquittal this month, Scott said Trump abused his power and shouldn’t be in office.

Weld says Scott has served Vermont well and he’s delighted by the endorsement.

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